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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Iran,   pp. 718-766 PDF (18.1 MB)


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IRAN
RELUCTANCE OF THE UNITED STATES TO APPOINT A MINISTER TO
IRAN; CONTINUED ABSENCE OF IRANIAN REPRESENTATION IN THE
UNITED STATES"
701.9111/616a
The Chief of the Divisio of Near Eastern Affairs (Murray) to the
                    Charge in Iran (Merriam)
                                   WASHINGTON, January 18, 1937.
  MY DEAR MR. MERR[A[: I think you may be interested to know that
while the Secretary was in Buenos Aires during the recent Pan-
American Conference there 2 Nadir Arasteh, the Iranian Minister at
that post, called upon the Secretary and made every effort to show his
friendly attitude. The conversation naturally turned to the present
strained relations between the United States and Iran and the Min-
ister expressed his emphatic view that Iran could not afford to go on,
as at present, without proper representation in this country. The
Secretary concurred in the Minister's views and added that he had
done everything in his power to prevent the present impasse. The
Secretary furthermore told the Minister that he had the impression
that the true facts of the case had never reached His Majesty's ears.
Otherwise it was impossible to believe that all of the Secretary's con-
scientious endeavors to remove His Majesty's misgivings would have
been in vain. The Minister said he was of the same view and that he
contemplated making an early trip to his country at which time he
would make a further effort to clear up the misunderstanding.
  During the course of conversation the Minister referred somewhat
vaguely to the desirability of our making some "gesture" in order
to
smooth matters over. I gathered that the Secretary did not pursue
that phase of the matter and apparently left the Minister under the
impression that we had made all the gestures that could properly be
expected of us under the circumstances.
  While you might, if you think it would be helpful and if the occa-
sion presents itself, make reference to the fact that a conversation took
place between the Secretary and the Iranian Minister in Buenos Aires
'For previous correspondence, see Foreiqn Relations, 1936, vol. iI, pp. 342
ff.
2 The Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace, December 1-23,
1936.
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